Campbell County Looks to Replace Old Bridge

Campbell Co., VA - VDOT is looking to spend $4 million to repair a bridge that dates back to the 1930's. It is located on Route 711 also known as Tardy Mountain Road in Altavista.

VDOT officials say the bridge is not sufficient. It is safe, but it is getting old. And right now, there is an eight-ton weight restriction. The hope is to replace the single lane bridge with a two lane truss bridge.

Nestled in the countryside and etched clearly with the word "Boo," this bridge certainly is a fright for some.

"It is deteriorating and it does need repairs or overhaul or restarted brand new," said Wilfred Santos who lives nearby.

We caught Santos crossing the bridge with care; fingers and toes crossed, he'd get to the other side.

"You're concerned if it's going to fall," said Santos.

The bridge is more than 80 years old and it is made of timber that is beginning to weather. But officials say not to worry.

"The bridge is continuously monitored. It's inspected annually and it's also checked on a regular basis," said VDOT's Paula Jones.

Jones says a new bridge will be beneficial for the entire county.

"This is a growing area. There's a lot more traffic coming into the area and certainly when you have the increase in the traffic, you need to have the good infrastructure," said Jones.

"That's a very important bridge around here because in the winter months, when it's snowing and stuff, you have hills going toward Lynchburg, Bedford, Altavista and everywhere. And that hill right there is about the easiest to go up and down," said Jarrett Cox, who lives nearby.

Cox travels these timbers his fair share.

"5, 10 times a day I cross that bridge," said Cox.

Although it comes with a steep price tag, people we spoke with say it is worth it.

"4 million dollars is a lot for a bridge but like I said, everything's expensive nowadays," said Cox.

There will be a public hearing next Tuesday at Altavista's Train Station on Washington Street. That will run from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. It is free and open to the public. Public input will be accepted through May 10th.